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To hold two ropes together temporarily with marline or other small line in order to bind them firmly and prevent rendering or slipping. This is done by taking the marline under and over each rope alternately and crossing it between them two or three times, much in the fashion of a series of figures of eight. This type of seizing is often used to prevent a tackle slipping when the hauling part is being secured if the strain on it is so great that the tackle cannot be held with the hands without overrunning. If a more permanent junction of two ropes is required, this is done by passing a racking seizing round them, as above but with more turns of the marline and the ends of it secured by tucking back under the turns.

Racking seizing

Subjects: Maritime History.

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